Harvard Kennedy School

David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor


Research interests: Poverty and welfare, economic mobility. Labor economics, family change, low pay and unemployment, changing structure of American families.

Desmond Ang

Desmond Ang

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Applied economics. Intersection of race, education and government. Educational and political ramifications of acts of police violence. Effects of federal election oversight on minority turnout and political polarization.

Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, Emerita


Research interests: Poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life.

Michela Carlana

Michela Carlana

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Labor economics. Education, gender, immigration.

Amitabh Chandra

Amitabh Chandra

Ethel Zimmerman Wiener Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Henry and Allison McCance Professor of Business Administration, HBS


Research interests: Economics and health policy. Innovation and cost-growth in healthcare, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in healthcare.

David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Professor of Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School)
Professor of Education and Economics (HGSE)


Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.

Will S. Dobbie

Will S. Dobbie

Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Broadely, causes and consequences of poverty in the US; racial bias in the criminal justice system; the labor market consequences of bad credit reports; and the long-run effects of charter schools.

Ronald F. Ferguson

Ronald F. Ferguson

Director, Achievement Gap Initiative
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy


Research interests: Education and economic development, racial achievement gaps.

Archon Fung

Archon Fung

Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government


Research interests: Political scientist. How participation, deliberation and transparency can make contemporary public governance more fair and effective.

Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy


Research interests: Fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics.

Gordon Hanson

Gordon Hanson

Professor of Public Policy


Research interests:  Impact of immigration and international trade on the U.S. labor market; economic geography;  urbanization.

Christopher Jencks

Christopher Jencks

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Emeritus


Research interests: Changes in family structure over the past generation, the costs and benefits of economic inequality, the extent to which economic advantages are inherited, and the effects of welfare reform.

Alex Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar

Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy


Research interests: Historian, with a focus on explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. Election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.

Jennifer S. Lerner

Jennifer S. Lerner

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor in Public Management
Co-founder, Harvard Decision Science Laboratory


Research interests: A psychologist who draws on insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Predicting effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Expanding the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing.

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy
Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government


Research interests: Public sector economics and social policy. Tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality.